Scotland: the best deal for taxpayers of anywhere in the UK

By , 05/11/17

From free medicine to free education, taxpayers in Scotland get the best deal anywhere in the UK.

Here are just some of the reasons why.

  • Council Tax bills are lower in Scotland than in England - by between £300 and £400.

  • Scotland benefits from £116 spend per head more on health than the UK average. Under the SNP health spending is at a record high – up by over £3.3 billion under the SNP. Staffing is at record levels, up by almost 12,000. Patient satisfaction is the highest on record.

  • Prescription charges were abolished in Scotland in 2011. South of the border, patients are still forced to pay £8.60 per item.

  • Under the SNP free tuition has been re-introduced and protected, saving students in Scotland over £27,000 compared to the cost of study in England. In Scotland the Tories want to tax students £1,500 a year.

  • We're providing a healthy school meal for all children in primaries 1 to 3 – around 135,000 pupils – helping improve their health and ability to learn. 

  • All families with newborn babies are entitled to a Baby Box, full of essential items for their child’s first weeks and months.
     

  • We’ve expanded the Education Maintenance Allowance in Scotland – now scrapped south of the border – to support even more school pupils and college students from low income families to stay in education. 

  • Free, high quality childcare has been increased under the SNP. Up from up from 12.5 hours in 2007 to 16 hours a week for all 3 and 4 year olds – and extended to 2 year olds from low income households, saving families up to £2,500 per child per year in total.

  • No one in Scotland has to pay the Tories’ hated Bedroom Tax. We’ve ensured 70,000 households, 80 per cent of which have a disabled family member - and we will use new powers to effectively abolish it once and for all.

  • We’re protecting the most vulnerable households from Tory welfare cuts. Over 265,000 low income households in crisis have been helped to buy essentials such as nappies, food and cookers through our Scottish Welfare Fund.

  • By keeping Scottish Water in public hands, customers are paying less for a better service. Water and sewerage charges for the average household in Scotland are £38 lower than in England and Wales.

  • 1.3 million older and disabled people have benefit from free public transport through the National Concessionary Bus Travel Scheme.

  • Free personal care has been protected. Nearly 78,000 people enjoy access to a wide range of personal care tasks without being charged.

  • In Scotland bridge tolls are a thing of the past. Commuters have saved around £2,000 since bridge tolls on the Forth Road Bridge and Tay Bridge were scrapped by the SNP.

 

...and we’re committed to strengthening the social contract further.

 

  • We will deliver a fairer deal for public sector workers, including nurses, teachers and firefighters, by lifting the 1 per cent public sector pay cap.

 

  • We will almost double provision of free, childcare and early years education to 30 hours per week by August 2020, saving families more than £4,500 per child per year.

 

  • Free healthy school meals will be extended to three and four year olds as well as eligible two year olds who will benefit from the expansion of childcare provision.

 

  • In the next year we will begin implementing ‘Frank’s Law’, providing free personal care for those under 65 who need it.

 

  • We will improve access to sanitary products by providing them for free in schools, colleges and universities.


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